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A Little Paradox in the Design of Regulatory Mechanisms

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  • Vogelsang, Ingo

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Several incentive mechanisms have been suggested in the literature to induce regulated monopolists to choose welfare-maximiz ing prices and cost levels for their services. Among the desirable pr operties of such mechanisms is that their application should be contr ollable by third parties ("verifiability"). A mechanism recently de signed by Sappington and Sibley (1988), incremental surplus subsidy, which is otherwise ideal in its properties, fails to be verifiable. A verifiable crude first-order approximation to this mechanism retains some, but lacks other, of the nice properties possessed by increment al surplus subsidy. This paper therefore analyzes closer (second-orde r) approximations to incremental surplus subsidy. Paradoxically, thes e approximations in a crucial sense are shown to perform worse than t he cruder approximation. Copyright 1988 by Economics Department of the University of Pennsylvania and the Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association.

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  • Vogelsang, Ingo, 1988. "A Little Paradox in the Design of Regulatory Mechanisms," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 29(3), pages 467-476, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:ier:iecrev:v:29:y:1988:i:3:p:467-76
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